February 4, 2019Head shot of student Holly Love. [View Image]
Rising senior Holly Love grew up in a small town where she “saw the world [outside Virginia] from a TV screen.” In high school, she began volunteering with UNICEF and realized she wanted to “make a global change.”
Love’s interest in global change drew her to the School of World Studies where she’s pursuing a degree in International Studies with a concentration in Social Justice. The program’s cultural themes and focus on experiential learning have helped Love make a world of change both on campus and abroad.
Love has participated in three study abroad programs during her time at VCU, once to Qatar and twice to Mexico. She cites her time abroad as instrumental in shaping her understanding of the world, teaching her “how important it is to invest in people.”
Throughout high school and college, Love has continued to work as a leader with UNICEF USA. She is now the Senior Adviser National Council Member, a role in which she handles internal communications between youth representatives and the different branches of UNICEF UNITE structure, which includes the National Board.
Love praises the school’s “holistic” approach as teaching students to “understand and respect” different cultures in order to meaningfully address important issues. “Grassroots initiatives make the change,” Love explains. She describes how although the International Studies major deals with current global conditions, its “focus is on… creating a better future for the world to come.”